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Friday, August 12, 2011

Two Death Certificates For Same Person -- Why?

There is nothing unusual about the death certificates (below)  for my great-grandparents. They were obtained in 1999 and you can see that the state loved red stamps. If you look closely, you can see that they died in Illinois and were buried in Washington, D.C.

The third certificate is for my great-grandmother, recently found on the internet, is from the District of Columbia. Her information was "furnished by transit permit." If you ever have a "transit permit" certificate of death, you will see there is very little information provided, so try and obtain the original certificate from where that person died.

The saddest thing is, I haven't a clue where I found her second certificate on the internet. And, I can't even locate my great-grandfather's "transit permit" (his record of death, does state transit permit), although I saw a shorter one and copied to my computer, somewhere. Lesson learned to more attention and keep better records, even after all these years, I mess up.
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Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

Hi Barbara,

Yes..I must agree they do like red stamps.

So wonderful to have those records. I love it every time I can find a digital copy online. So easy to store and print out.

Love you blog!


Susan Clark (Nolichucky Roots) said...

Sigh. We all do this.

I've found it harder to record source information from the internet than when I'm researching in an archives or library. It's just so fast and easy to jump to the next site. I try now to only download or copy info through Evernote which is set to automatically record the website and date.

Wendy said...

Very interesting! I've never heard of a "transit permit". Most of the time I write directly to the town or state where an ancestor died, or find my records through NEHGS. Very interesting; I've learned something new.

Cynthia Shenette said...

Interesting post, Barbara. And don't worry about making a mistake. None of us are perfect. As I tell my son, it's okay to make mistakes as long as we learn something along the way.

I hope you find what you are looking for. :)

Michelle Goodrum said...

I feel your pain. Like Susan I've started using Evernote. Still learning the ropes but I'm loving it.

Barbara Poole said...

Thank you to all for your comments and suggestion regarding Evernote. Wendy, I just learned of "transit permits" a month ago, so I'm still learning too.

Greta Koehl said...

I can't count how many digital documents or items of information I have found on the internet and cannot remember where I found them; guess that's why I need to start keeping a research log. Sometimes when I'm talking with people at a genealogy society meeting or with a couple of genealogy friends, I'll mention the item and ask, "Where do you think I found this?" Occasionally one of them will be able to figure it out. Guess it's a good thing I'm no longer embarrassed about being so forgetful!

Kathleen Brandt, Professional Genealogist said...

I knew transit permits existed but only recently have I found one: NY to DC. I need to take a look at Evernote again. I hate wasting time retracing steps to find (once again) a source/doc, etc. Thanks for the post!

Barbara Poole said...

Greta and Kathleen, I'm so glad I'm in good company.